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‘Ghost the Musical’ premieres in Pittsburgh New Year’s Eve

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Looking for something different to do for New Year’s Eve beyond the standard parties? Why not check out opening night of “Ghost the Musical” at Heinz Hall before toasting the new year!

Ghost the Musical” is adapted from the Academy Award-winning film and will premiere in Pittsburgh into 2014. This supernatural love story is set in New York City and demonstrates the power of love. Following Sam and Molly who are mugged after walking back to their apartment one night leaving Sam for dead, the story follows Sam as he’s trapped as a ghost between worlds unable to leave Molly after learning she is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Sam attempts to warn Molly of her fate.

“Ghost the Musical” features Steven Grant Douglas as Sam Wheat, Katie Postotnik as Molly Jensen, Carla R. Stewart as Oda Mae Brown and Robby Haltiwanger as Carl Brunner. Directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus and choreographed by Ashley Wallen, the show is sure to be a huge success. To date, “Ghost the Musical” has been seen by over 1 million people worldwide and nominated for numerous awards including five Oliver Awards and three Tony Awards.

It’s no surprise the show has seen tremendous success, the original film won an Academy Award for Best Film in 1990 led by powerhouse actors Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopie Goldberg. The show also won an Academy Award for best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Oda Mae Brown.

If you’re heading to downtown for First Night, it’s a great chance to catch the first (and last) “Ghost the Musical Performance” of 2013; however, the show will run through January 5, 2014. Tickets start at just $20 and are available at www.trustarts.org, by phone at (412) 392-4900 or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.

On January 2, 2014, the show will also feature the much-loved “Know the Show Before You Go” pre-show talk at 6:30 p.m. at the Trust Arts Education Center. This informational session discusses what information and attitude are useful or might get in the way when watching a performance. Audience members will get the inside scoop on the show and possibly some hidden gems easily missed throughout the performance. Hosted by Chris Rawson, senior theater critic for KDKA-TV and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the “Know the Show” event will also feature refreshments before the show. The event is free for all Broadway ticket holders, but you must register at: http://www.trustarts.org/events/series/pnc-broadway-across-america/know-the-show-before-you-go.

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